Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight kingpin Matt Hughes, who hasn't competed since going stiff at the hands of Josh Koscheck at the UFC 135 pay-per-view (PPV) last September, talks to the gang at UFC Tonight about getting back inside the Octagon for one more fight.
But against who?
The flinty farmboy insists it's not up to him and merely does what the UFC tells him. However, if he did have his pick of the litter, he wouldn't mind getting another crack at floundering 170-pound striker Thiago Alves.
"The Pitbull" took a bite out of Hughes' title aspirations at UFC 85 back in 2008, pasting the aging veteran with a second round flying knee. It was a bout that was assembled on super-short notice and one that saw the Brazilian miss weight prior to the fight.
Hughes peers into his crystal ball (and doesn't see Dan Hardy), after the jump.
"I’m at a crossroads between fighting another fight or retirement. I’m 38, and I keep getting older and the fighters keep staying the same age. I wanted the Fall and Spring off, and now it’s time to talk with DW [Dana White]. I don’t get to decide my own fights. Dana White and the UFC does. I don’t know who it would be. I’d love to fight someone who already beat me. Thiago (Alves), it happened, I took that fight on short notice. He did too, so maybe that would be a fight I look for. (Dan Hardy) has a fight coming up and he’s worried about me? He hasn’t looked that good in his last few fights. He should worry about that."
Alves gift-wrapped a submission win for Martin Kampmann in the main event of the UFC on FX 2 event earlier this month, running his record to 3-4 since his win over Hughes a few years back. While he's clearly talented, he continues to struggle in his performances and perhaps a second go-round with Hughes would make sense for him at this stage of his career.
The same can't be said for Dan Hardy.
That's because "The Outlaw," who will mix it up against Duane Ludwig at on May 26 in Las Vegas, has lost four straight fights and has been finished in two of them. Hughes believes the British banger needs to worry about his own troubles instead of repeatedly calling him out on the Internet.
Coming off back-to-back knockout losses and pushing 40, this may be the last time we see Hughes compete under the UFC banner. Are you in favor of an Alves rematch? Or did you have something else in mind?
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